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When one door closes, another one opens. KOTO Villa is the soulful celebration of twenty-two successful years of changing lives. The ethereal rustic-style restaurant & bar is located down the colourful alley of 31 Xuan Dieu, only a stone's throw away from 35 Dang Thai Mai. The new KOTO Villa will soon prove its place in Tay Ho’s hip restaurant district. With laid-back class, phenomenal breakfast options, and a menu of modern classics, KOTO Villa is the latest restaurant in Tay Ho’s burgeoning dining scene.

Our restaurant serves as the training ground that empowers at-risk and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam through our holistic hospitality training program. Join us for a meal and be part of our journey as we transform lives.



In the late 1990s, the founder of KOTO, Jimmy Pham, a Vietnamese-Australian, returned to his birthplace, Vietnam, to work as a tour leader.

Whilst in Hanoi, he struck up a friendship with a group of young people living and working on the streets to support their families. He used his salary to help the kids but knew this was only a temporary fix for a long-term problem. Jimmy wanted to find a way to contribute to improving their lives without handing out charity. The street kids needed skills, jobs and an income for a better life. It was from this knowledge that the concept of our organisation was born.

Jimmy left his job in the tourism industry and opened a sandwich shop to provide jobs for young people. He admits that in the early days he thought everyone knew how to make sandwiches, milkshakes and fruit juices. He was wrong. He soon realised that the children needed more than just a job. They needed vocational training to ensure the success of the business and secure a better future for them and their families.

With the help of Australian chef Tracey Lister and a $70,000AUD loan from his family, our first restaurant was opened. The KOTO restaurant was later followed by a training centre...and the rest is history.

Our aim at KOTO is to spread our teachings and philosophies to many corners of the globe where youth are the victims of neglect, abandonment and abuse in the hope of giving them an opportunity for a brighter future.


"We’re trying to build the next generation of Vietnamese leaders in the industry, not just street kids in hospitality jobs."

Jimmy Pham
KOTO Founder and CEO